Union Station

The winter sun cuts through Union Station in February in downtown Los Angeles. (Eric Beteille)

Photographer Eric Beteille was in the middle of a “six-mile urban hike through Chinatown and Echo Park” when he noticed the sun piercing through Union Station’s waiting room.

Though people walking through it had to shade their eyes, Beteille says the harsh light “perfectly illuminated the beautiful patterns and colors on the floor.

As he snapped away with his Nikon D7000, a misinformed passerby told him it was illegal to take pictures in the city of Los Angeles.

Beteille responded with a laugh and kept shooting.

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